Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – A member of Utah’s Congressional Delegation is saluting veterans by helping them connect to vital community services they have earned.
Representative Rob Bishop is hosting the Veterans Resource and Education Fair for local veterans. It’s all about giving back to those who put our country first.
The transition from combat to civilian life isn’t an easy one. Richard Waldo served in the Air Force during Desert Storm. He knows when you come home, it doesn’t mean the battle is over.
“You don’t feel like you are part of the community. If you have PTSD, like I do, you hide away from the public and you just don’t feel like you belong,” said Waldo.
He is not alone. Many service men and women struggle with employment, relationships and mental health when they return.
“We too often see veterans who do struggle at that point in their lives, in making that transition from military to civilian life, but there’s terrific programs that are available, that they have earned by virtue of their military service,” said Gary R. Harter, Executive Director of the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.
That’s where Representative Bishop’s fair comes in. It brings employment, education, health services and much more all together under one roof.
“So the veterans can come here and see what options are open to them, but also so these agencies can see what other options are out there. Some of them are learning what’s actually out there, so they can refer veterans to them when they come to their agency,” said Bishop, (R) Utah.
Bishop says it’s the least he can do for those in his district who were willing to put it all on the line to defend our freedom.
“These people made their first commitment to make my life more secure, and my family safer and better. We want to see if we can pay back in some way,” Bishop said.
People like Waldo, who has found new hope through accepting help.
“It’s really made a difference in my life, and I encourage other veterans to do the same. Don’t sit at home and say I don’t want anything from the government, I don’t want any help. Get the help you need,” said Waldo.
If you, or anyone you know could benefit from the services offered at the fair you can contact Bishop’s office at: 801-625-0107
You can also connect through the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs website: veterans.utah.gov
This is the first time Bishop has hosted this fair. He hopes to make it an annual event.